24 hours in Seoul

Pepero Day


I love school supplies.  Call me a nerd if you want, but every year, even all through college, one of the things I most looked forward to before each school year was shopping for school supplies.

New pens and highlighters are fabulous, new binders and organizers leave me elated, and a fresh notebook full of clean pages almost makes me weak in the knees. Give me something cute and functional like a USB stick that looks like a Lego block, and I am over the moon. There have been years while during the “Back to School” season, I’m pretty sure I was more excited to shop for new supplies than new clothes.  I mean I did get a minor in List-Making  at University, and I have a notebook in my purse pretty much all of the time.

Heattech for Winter

Alas! The season that my husband and I both dread has begun. To keep us warm in this awfully nippy weather, I have prepared our thick blankets and some winter clothes that we will be wearing until February, and taken our coats and jackets out of the closet to be brought to the laundry shop tomorrow. I have done a little winter shopping yesterday, which took me almost 6 hours! Hubby wasn’t with me, so I could stay at the mall until closing time. ㅋㅋㅋ ^^

Let’s Go Shopping in Hongdae 홍대 ♥

Dear Korea #076 - This Does Not Sparkle

Dear Korea #076

Good Monday everyone! I hope you all had an awesome pre-Halloween weekend! Did anyone dress up? A bunch of friends and I went as the Gender Bender Avengers. It should go without saying, but we were awesome.

Anyways, the idea for this week’s comic was sent to me by a good friend of mine. He told me how he often likes to buy flowers for his very lucky lady, and how the Korean flower shop he goes to tends to make everything overly fancy. Decorating stuff is totally cool, but I don’t know too many guys that enjoy the idea of walking home with a flashy glitter bouquet. While I do think he’s managed to get them to ease up on the ribbons and extra stuff, they seem to be quite pushy on the glitter issue.

DIY: Lip Color

It’s Friday (or at least it is in Korea) and I wanted to share a DIY.  I’m not the most craft obsessed person, and this isn’t something I normally do, but this one really intrigued me.  I was super inspired a few months back by this wonderful idea of making your own lip gloss or lip color from The Beauty Department.  You can find the original DIY here.

8Seconds ♥ Korea 2012 fashion brand~ Gangnam location grand opening!


 Are you looking for a good place to shop in Gangnam?

This past weekend the newest location of the Korean Brand  8 Seconds (aka 8ight seconds, 8seconds, or 에잇세컨즈 ) opened its doors at last with crowds lining up!  I figured this would be a perfect time to not only share some photos of its newest (and I think nicest) location yet, but introduce the brand to you guys as a whole!


Artbox is a stationary shop in Korea that I'm having a full blown love affair with, which I don't think Paperchase would be happy about.

The stuff is all weird or cutesy in the way that only Korean stuff is, and it's sooo cheap. It makes all of Paperchase's products look dull and slightly dowdy when you compare it. It sells everything from the conventional stationary stuff to make-up, waffle makers, jewellery, pajamas, suitcases, all in glorious sickly marshmallow toned colours with cat faces and Knoglish sayings.

Fall is Near

I am not one to frequent coffee shops, but this past weekend I found myself in a Starbucks.  While there I can happily report that our Corporate Overseers have since announced the impending Arrival of Fall to Korea.

Now there isn’t any of the infamous “Pumpkin Spice” aroma in the air, but there is a nice Salted Caramel flavor, that here in Korea is being called “Sweet and Salty”.

Now I don’t know if I just didn’t stalk Starbucks enough my first year here, or if Korea is finally catching on to the flavors of fall, but either way it’s quite tasty.
Now if only I could get some good apple cider.

From Busan with Autumnal Love,

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